Syracuse sophomore quarterback and former Friendship Christian standout AJ Long’s collegiate football career has been brought to a premature end, the university announced Tuesday.
Long, who hadn’t appeared in any of the Orange’s five games this season, has been disqualified from participation in football and any other contact sport at Syracuse by team physician Dr. James Tucker — a result of multiple concussions suffered by the 6-foot, 181-pounder since his arrival at Syracuse.
“We appreciate AJ’s hard work and the contributions he’s made to our program,” Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said in a statement. “I look forward to watching him continue to grow both as a student and as a young man. I wish him the best.”
Long, who started five games for the Orange as a freshman in 2014, threw for 935 yards and four touchdowns a season ago, including a career-high 307-yard, two-touchdown performance against North Carolina State.
A Bethlehem, Pa., native, Long, who transferred to Friendship Christian prior to his junior year of high school, led the Commanders to a pair of state championships in 2012 and 2013, garnering Tennessean All-Midstate and Division II-A Mr. Football Back of the Year honors as a senior in 2013.